TMJ sufferer in Southern California
(Huntington Beach, CA)
Hello Dr Spainhower.
I stumbled across your website and am very interested in talking to you. I live in Southern California. 34 male and started getting TMJ symptoms a year ago. It's all very new and scary to me. I have headaches, jaw pain, it hurts when I talk. Sometimes when I yawn I feel a sharp pain in my jaw as if the joint is slipping out of place. When I swallow I hear a lot of clicking. My neck and shoulders are very tight. Honestly, my whole body is tight. Im more convinced it's stress that is causing this.
A few nights ago I noticed a ringing sound in my right ear and it hasn't stopped since. It was at that point I know I needed to get some treatment. I have seen a local dentist and they want 400$ to make a night guard. I know I need one as it's the first step in my treatment. Or do I need a splint?? I'm sure you hear this a lot, but I'm unemployed so money is tight but I know I need help. Can you please direct me on what you'd suggest? Thank you.